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Category Archives: Packrafting History

Summertime Packrafting on the East Coast

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Darren Kazemi Showcases the Waterways of the Eastern United States An adventurer and conservationist, Darren Kazemi grew up on Long Island paddling narrow inlets, tidal rivers, and saltwater bays. When he got his first packraft, an Alpacka Explorer 42, he expected to take it on exploratory missions. Searching for solitude […]

The Alpacka Classic – From the “Stubby” to Streamlined in 2019

Feature photo-Sheri’s fabric rep, Richard Hewitt, testing an early boat on the Aniakchek, 2003.

The Alpacka Series Story – Early History & The Golden Age of Packrafting Story by Thor Tingey, photos by Bjorn Olson and from the Sheri Tingey historical archives. Welcome to the best backcountry adventure boats on the planet and our new Alpacka Series lineup! The Classic is our iconic original packraft and […]

Born From Necessity: The Invention of the Modern Day Inflation Bag

Photo of the Inflation Bag in action by Huw Oliver.

Alpacka Raft’s Sheri Tingey and the Invention of the Modern Day Inflation Bag The original packraft inflation bag (for modern-day packrafts) was like an accordion, cylindrical and held open with metal stiffeners (stays) that Sheri Tingey found on the floor of Home Depot; bailing wire that used to hold bags […]

Thor & Sarah Tingey Featured in Two Podcasts

Two Podcasters Catch up with Sarah & Thor Tingey to Discuss Everything from Conservation to the Origins of Packrafts DIY Alaska caught up with our busy owners Sarah and Thor Tingey at the 2018 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. Topics of discussion include the birth of Alpacka Raft, the contrast […]

A Brief History of Bikerafting (aka “Nature Biking,” aka “Hell Biking,” aka Anything But “Bikepacking,” please)

Roman Dial on Icy Bay, Alaska. Photo by Steve Fassbinder.

Biking & Rafting (aka Bikerafting): An Early History of Two Human-Powered Travel Methods From the Perspective of Some Legendary Adventurers By Lizzy Scully, with significant help from Steve “Doom” Fassbinder and Roman Dial “Bikes and rafts are a really cool combination, one that will make you feel clever, especially when […]